Faith Gay, founding partner of Selendy Gay Elsberg, has been chosen for a Lifetime Achievement Award by Corporate Counsel as part of its 2022 Women, Influence & Power in Law Awards. Each year, Corporate Counsel honors extraordinary leaders who have made a unique contribution to the legal profession—in shaping law and obtaining outsized results for their clients while expanding access to justice and diversity in the profession.
Faith has long shown a commitment to expanding opportunity for women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ professionals—most recently in the founding of Selendy Gay Elsberg, where women hold 50 percent of equity and women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ professionals hold the bulk of leadership positions in the firm’s partner, associate, C-suite, and staff ranks.
For more than 35 years, Faith has undertaken challenging cases to advance equality of opportunity, justice, and dignity for all. Most recently, she has represented the American Federation of Teachers in its successful fight to obtain legally mandated educational debt relief for public servants, and Capitol Hill Police Officers wounded while serving their country during the January 6th attacks.
In her commercial work, Faith has been lead counsel in over 40 trials and has successfully guided scores of Fortune 500 and international companies, special committees, non-governmental entities, and C-suite executives through multi-regulator investigations.
Faith is an ordained Presbyterian minister and serves on the Executive Committee of the Northwestern University School of Law Board of Trustees, and the Boards of the Public Theater, the Clark Foundation, Union Theological and the Campaign Legal Center, among others.